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TT/The Local · 19 Jun 2009, 09:53

Published: 19 Jun 2009 09:53 GMT+02:00

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The officer was suspected of having committed agitation against ethnic groups (hets mot folkgrupp) in connection with police efforts to quell disturbances in which a number of people with immigrant backgrounds were involved.

While sitting in a police van, the officer used the term “blattajävlar”, an ethnic slur which translates roughly into “damn coloured people” or “damn immigrants”, in reference to a young people out on the streets.

On its own, “blatte” is a derogatory Swedish term often used in reference to an immigrant.

The comments were recorded on a police video which was was played during a separate trial of several individuals involved with the Rosengård demonstrations.

In his decision to shut down the investigation, head prosecutor Per Lind from the Malmö police department's internal crimes unit found that three other police officers overhead the remarks.

The officer admits that he made the statement, but claims that it is a quote and not his own words. He was repeating what another individual had said.

The investigation revealed that the radio traffic was being monitored by the head of the unit, who was sitting at the front of the van.

The officer in question sat furthest back. There was limited communication due to the disturbances. On that occasion, police were using a new radio system with encrypted transmissions.

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The unit head said the officer's statement was not heard by anyone outside of the van.

“The remarks didn't go any further than a few individuals and it is therefore not a punishable offense,” Lind concluded.

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Your comments about this article

10:42 June 19, 2009 by Playmaker
Does anyone know how he was turned in? if only a handful of cops heard it was it one of them? i thought cops would look out for one another. and can you blame the cop for the remark. he sees the same people everyday doing the same sh*t and it is always "blattajävlar" of course he has feelings to. no where else does sweden have this problem then like the slums of Rosengård and he has to risk his life all the time for what? i feel bad for the cops there if someone throws a rock at your head then they should shoot. you dont have to shoot to kill but to wound or use rubber bullets and those people should be thrown out of the country asap. no questions at all. if you throw rocks at govt. personal you go. by force if necc.
10:47 June 19, 2009 by Jeffi
It looks like his comment/s were discovered during viewing of the in-van police video and the defence lawyer for the rioters decided to bring it to the attention of the internal police review unit.

Rosengård is a very bad situation.
10:53 June 19, 2009 by bocagill
First i believe in freedom fo speech but with swedish laws i find it very funny that a kid in solna can be fined for saying PIG to a cop but its ok to for cops to use the pharse they used and nothing happens to them. i have been living in sweden for about 5 years now and i get my comic relief by reading stories like these. Keep up the good work swedish culture.
11:05 June 19, 2009 by magic1964
Well.....cops are insulted and provoqued by young immigrants every day. Once in a while a frustrated cop explode...

Those young immigrants should be sent 24 hours in Iran to experience the islamic securíty forces and compare...
11:13 June 19, 2009 by Villary
bocagill, What do you know by the term freedom of speech? Libel is not one. Racist words is said out of hatred and anyone found in such act should be treated in accordance with the Law, esply the Law makers and keepers. The Police have a great part to play in every society and if they can't execute their call with maximue act of fairness then we got a problem....

Check the past record of that cop and if he has been connected to such an act before then l think he is one of the wrong men in the forces...
11:48 June 19, 2009 by Puffin
I think it is unfortunate that different standards apply:

- 15 year old who calls the police 'pigs' is prosecuted, convicted and fined - despite apologising

- a motorist who calls police pig - is convicted of insults and swearing - fined 5000 kronor

Police in Malmö who call immigrants

- damn coloured

- damn apes

are not prosecuted al all as it's not considered a crime by prosecutors
12:35 June 19, 2009 by peropaco
No need to be surprised at all. The Swedish system rewards bad behaviour. Its society is rooted in a cognitive constipated hatred towards their enslaved and arbitrary social conventions. Therefore it is normal for them to exude these feelings in the form of rape and demeaning their immigrant populace...
13:26 June 19, 2009 by summer
Hahahahahaha, really really really funny indeed.
14:16 June 19, 2009 by antoniolgj
So Sweden is not complete lost after all...

Excellent news, well done...
14:55 June 19, 2009 by Black Pharoah
What would happen if I called a Swedish "white" officer a inbred mutant albino, would I be fined? Of course not, since the officer would have no idea what I meant (sarcasm). Smarmy and snarky behavior is nothing to be proud of white people of Sweden.
14:56 June 19, 2009 by justanotherexpat
Fantastic example of double-standards in the legal system. Talk about protecting your own. "Grisjävlar" would get me sent down - but if a cop calls me something bad he gets away with it...............

I always thought Sweden was left of centre, not right - or does this confirm the difference between 'society' and 'the establishment'?
15:05 June 19, 2009 by antoniolgj
I wonder what are those people whose so much complain about the Swedish system doing in Sweden?
15:14 June 19, 2009 by justanotherexpat
Hahahahaha that cracxks me up! You want us all to bugger off? It's about having the right laws for the right situations - and one of the advantages of living in a civilised country like this is that we have the right to challenge idiotic rules! Oh and we can also freely ridicule people like you..........
15:52 June 19, 2009 by marcus_svensk
Hej Alla

It just amazes me how racist we are. I am extremely disappointed to be swedish. When we,swedes,travel abroad to the Eastern countries and when those people try to hustle us when shopping we frown upon them and believe they are 'morons' or uncultured people. On the otherhand when we taunt some of these people it makes some of us 'look good' and we say that we have laws favoring free speech and all kind of crap we can think of.

please swedish people leave this hypocricy aside or atleast acknowledge it. I beg you!!

Don't believe the Swedes would have the balls to own up to this to all the immigrant' people I am sorry on behalf of the Swedish nation.
16:05 June 19, 2009 by antoniolgj
"You want us all to bugger off?"

You won't go anywhere, you would never give up the dole...
16:18 June 19, 2009 by spy

Good point.
17:34 June 19, 2009 by Marc11
Antoniolgy, it strucks me sadly that you are one of those suffering from this form of mental abuse that asserts that all immigrants in Sweden live on the dole. You descrecate this admirable forum with such useless generalizations. There are very many immigrants here who earn an honest living and pay their taxes. Perhaps you could check with the tax authorities since you are so passionate about venting your anger at people who do not look like you.

Tell Sweden to withdraw from all the international conventions and treaties that guarantee my residence in this country and I will leave.
17:40 June 19, 2009 by mkvgtired
Playmaker, 100% agree. Police have to worry about being pelted with rocks or assaulted in these neighborhoods on a daily basis. They have to accompany firemen when they respond to a fire so the firemen are not assaulted. I would be a little frustrated if "refugees" were ruining my country too.
18:56 June 19, 2009 by Kaethar
I think cops would follow the law and not have a gang mentality...

Four people who fail at reading comprehension.

Only a couple of cops heard what he said so it does not classify as hate speech. For a comment to classify as hate speech you actually have to aim it to a member of said minority group. The exception is someone who preaches hate continuously, which, according to evidence, this cop has not done.

As a Swede I disagree with everything written by Marcus, thereby cancelling out his comment.
19:45 June 19, 2009 by Svartskalle
I wonder what are those people whose so much complain about the Swedish system doing in Sweden?


The first time I criticized Sweden in the presence of Swedes I was told: "If you don't like it here, why don't you go back where you came from?"

What the hell happened to free speech?


The only good critic is the silent critic.


If you are wrong you will be corrected. If you are right you will sielenced and anihilated.


The simple truth is not popular in Sweden today because it is in direct contradiction with sophisticated Swedish chauvinism.


To those of my Swedish readers who are eager to assert moral and intellectual superiority on the grounds that they come from a superior class of people: may I remind them that superiority of any kind (and I am now talking about the real thing) is not a privilege but a responsibility. It is not enough to say you are superior. As a matter of fact, I have never heard of a truly superior being asserting superiority, perhaps because verbal assertion tends to prove the exact opposite – it may even expose you as white trash. And it is not enough to prove to your fellow svartskalles that you are morally and intellectually superior specimens of humanity: you must also prove it to the rest of the world that has a natural aversion to any person, group, class, or nation that asserts any kind of superiority; and frankly speaking, I don't see that happening in the near or distant future.
20:41 June 19, 2009 by Marc11
To argue that immigrants who take exception to things in this country should go back to where they come from is to exhibit silliness.
21:10 June 19, 2009 by eton75
I didn't know that so many racists read the Local . Hatred by those entrusted to protect the public is offensive no matter in which enviroment it used !
22:25 June 19, 2009 by ou2chi
I pity people like antoniolgj. Always fulminating against immigrants and having misconceptions. take the challenge, check the tax office and see how many immigrants pay more tax in year than you will ever pay in your miserable life. wake up and smell the coffee. This is a global village. Not every immigrant is a refugee. And, by the way, not every immigrant has taken your jobs. It'd because you cant do it that they are employed in the job. Ask migrationsverket they will tell you that how much was involved for a foreigner to get a work permit.
23:29 June 19, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran
This is what I love about the Local. It gives everybody a chance to let out their most bigoted, small minded, smug and ignorant inner views.

Some cop gets hot during a RIOT and says something stupid and angry, and you folks want to use this as an excuse to smear all of Swedish society.

If we were really so racist and narrow-minded, then we wouldn't have let all of you in, would we? The cop got angry and said something dumb under a lot of pressure. You are all saying far more offensive things about Swedes in this thread than the cop said, and you are probably not currently in the middle of a riot. Think about that for a minute. No one is throwing stones at you, or lighting the neighbourhood on fire, and yet here you are saying hateful things about Swedish society.

We're not perfect and neither are you. Deal with it.
23:30 June 19, 2009 by Svartskalle

A Swede who insults you, will not forgive you; and the more unjustified his insult is, the longer-lasting his resentment against you will be. Until very recently I couldn't explain that, but I think I can now, or at least I can give it a try. By making him insult you, you reveal the fact that he is an ordinary human being like yourself, and this is an offense he can not forgive. He has been brought up to believe he knows better because he is better. There is more wisdom in his ignorance than in your knowledge. Even when he voices a prejudice he is more tolerant than you. That's because he is not an ordinary joe to whom ordinary criteria apply. He is a member of a fraternity or elite from which the unwashed are excluded. Of course he himself knows all that not to be true, but he doesn't want anyone else to know.
23:32 June 19, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran
You understand that defaming an entire ethnic group makes you a bigot?
23:37 June 19, 2009 by Svartskalle
Whom you address your last question Gustav, to me, or to some?
23:42 June 19, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran
The last comment was addressed to you.

Some Swedes probably do have the tendency that you are talking about, and I am sure that it must be offensive to you. But certainly not all Swedes.

It looks to me like you are angry and using a gross generalisation/stereotype as a way to let off steam. Which is what the cop did.

So maybe we could deal with people as individuals?
23:49 June 19, 2009 by Svartskalle
A Swede who insults you...

This is how I started my add. It is about a Swede, not an entire ethnic group. The same thing can apply to an American or an Arab, to a French and to a Moroccan, to an Italian and Albanian and so on... It can apply to all representatives of any tribe who thinks that he/she is better only because it happened so that he was born on the other side of a lake or mountain or a sea..., in his village so to speak.

This apply to the cop who was not charged, to the persecutor who haven't charged the cop, to the politicians who are not firing them both and to the brainwashed analphabets, whatever tribe do they belong, no matter, who try to justify the crime by any means possible, including the worst of worst – downplaying the incident.
00:00 June 20, 2009 by Puffin
So you you classify the police as a minority group? Since you can be convicted of calling them pigs under the law?
00:25 June 20, 2009 by justanotherexpat
"You want us all to bugger off?"

"You won't go anywhere, you would never give up the dole..."

Ah, your ignorance exceeds you. If you knew anything about me, you'd know that for the last five years, my 500,000:- per annum salary has contributed far more kronor to the Tax Man than many of the arsehole layabouts I see on the streets with Swedish nationality and Swedish passports.

So take your bigotry to the Malmö Police station where it will find appropriate company. Tit.
01:07 June 20, 2009 by jimmyjames
Oh, you Swedes have not seen anything yet. Keep on allowing all these foreigners into your country in another 10 - 20 years you will have slums and riots like you can not imagine in your wildest nightmares. Keep on until your beautiful Nordic cities look like a city in Africa, India, or Asia and you have so many minerets from the dozens of mosques that you will think your in some Islamic country. Keep it up....remember that you were warned.
03:02 June 20, 2009 by Svartskalle
Dearest jimmyjames,

Where those foreigners were allowed and slums and riots have happened? Can you be more precise geographically?

And what is wrong with minarets and mosques?

P.S. I was born in a so cold Christian country. My curiosity about minarets and mosques is not religion related.

Just curiosity - what is wrong with them?
04:25 June 20, 2009 by kenny8076
to this day i just have no idea why any one cares what someone says about them or calls them!! i mean ive had black people say "look at this cracka" or whats up "whiteboy" to me. i dont get all caught up in the emptional drama that all these people still seem to do!! omg called call NBC this black guy just called me a honky!! (well in america they are allowed to say that to white people, as long as you dont call them something..... Al sharpten will be all over you!!!)
10:05 June 20, 2009 by ooh456
I don't understand why Sweden lets so many poor Arab immigrants into their country. It's clear they don't like them. It's clear they have no jobs for them. And it's clear the immigrants don't like Sweden either. Weird.

As an immigrant to Sweden myself I have treated everyone with respect and been treated with respect in return. I actually like most Swedes and most Swedes like me. I earn a pretty good living as well and have an apartment in Stockholm. I guess its how I was raised in my country ( the USA ).
10:46 June 20, 2009 by Kind Man
A Police should have moral and discipline and If one Swedish Officer showing his racist part. then immigrants and world would think that Swedish Police officers are racists.

Racist police officers should be thrown out of Swedish police department! and don't forget this racist police were dealing with 15 years old kids on street and some real Swedish boys. it was not only immigrants there there were many real Swedes who started this first. it is not wise to blame everything on immigrants.
11:01 June 20, 2009 by Uncle
One can see that some who claim that he insulted an entire ethnic group of coloured did not study logic:

1. 100% of the rioting criminals were coloured

2. 100% of the rioting criminals pissed off the cop


3. 100% of coloured rioting criminals pissed off the cop

He meant to insult all the rioting criminals and not all the coloured. Their colour is a mean to insult. Therefore he is definitely not guilty.

The question is why 100% of the rioting criminals were coloured and why they were not loaded on ships and returned to their beloved countries that they obviously love more than Sweden.
11:01 June 20, 2009 by Mr Honest
Everyday in the NEWS one Swedish police officer or a Swedish politicians are charged for being racists ,one for calling immigrants names, comparing them to animals another singing Hitler's song.

I wonder how you Swede let these guys to be in their offices?

to sing or call someone's names it would not solve any problem!

especially To call 15 years old boy,this really sucks! the police officer should start his education again.
15:19 June 20, 2009 by Bender B Rodriquez
The people comparing this to the "pig cases" are missing an important point: If I call the police pigs on this forum I will not be fined but if I call a police a pig face-to-face I will be. The same goes for the police. If a police makes a racist remark he will not be fined unless he actually does it to someone.
16:06 June 20, 2009 by Svartskalle
What you mean by the word colored dearest UNCLE?

Are you transparent? Or those whom you consider as being not colored – are they transparent?

And please tell me – how you know that all of them (colored) do not like Sweden?

You asked all of them?
16:20 June 20, 2009 by Svartskalle

When it comes to understanding and solving our problems, we have two schools of thought: those who put all the blame on others (foreigners, “colored”, svartskalles, etc.), and those who ascribe them [our problems] to our own failings (intolerance, tribalism, lack of vision, incompetence, corruption, authoritarianism, misguided patriotism, etc.) The unspoken slogan of the first school is: "We are in good hands." The unspoken slogan of the second school is: "Throw the rascals out!"

You may now guess which of these two schools is favored by our lobotomized leadership and their even more lobotomized supporters.
16:48 June 20, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran
Well, I do appreciate your willingness to "sum up". Not being sarcastic- I do see this as having value.

I would submit that most of the posts on this thread lean towards extremes. The goal of good government is to find middle ground and govern from the center. In a case like this, it probably means that the policeman in question will find himself (1) transferred and (2) stuck in a dead-end position with no chance of advancement. The kids in question, who were part of a riot- burning, looting, destroying their community- will also get off pretty easy.

People from different backgrounds will look at either end of the equation and say- "they should have taught (whoever) a lesson". The point is that over-reacting will polarise the situation. The strategy at hand is to try to keep things calm so that people can get used to each other, and incremental progress can be made. Integration occurs when Axel and Abdi play on sports teams together and start hanging out after school, or when Hina shows her art at a local venue and Agnes says "I'd like to feature your work in my gallery". Integration happens when your co-worker with a funny accent offers to share some funny looking food at lunchtime. You know? Probably takes a couple generations.

I suspect that when our ancestors set off in longships, and brought back all the blond babes, it took the women a while to adjust to their new lives too. Have to give it time.
17:52 June 20, 2009 by Paulo +fab muscular than Jonnhy
Integration happens when a couple of married Muslim Lesbians invite a South American Amazon Indian descent converted to Ubanda religion to be the godfather of their blond/black twin daughters conceived through Artificial Insermination.

Am I dreaming on?
18:00 June 20, 2009 by jack sprat
...in a word,..YES.
19:10 June 20, 2009 by Svartskalle
The only integrated thing I like is my coffee...

Malcolm X
19:44 June 20, 2009 by Kaethar
What? I was talking about the "blattar."

Er... no. Two cases come to mind...

Finally someone who gets it!
20:45 June 20, 2009 by Rubbi
Is that how the law works in Sweden?

If he was to make racist remarks about black people in front of his colleagues are you saying he should only be fined if there was a black person present and the comment was directed at them? Not as the case is in the UK for example where a white colleague may find it racist and complain about him?
21:10 June 20, 2009 by Svartskalle
The strange thing here is that no single one asked a question – why those riots happened?
21:29 June 20, 2009 by Bender B Rodriquez
There are two laws that govern this: "förolämpning" and "hets mot folkgrupp" The first deals with insults towards a specific person while the second one governs general public agitative racial expressions. Both laws are silly and a complete violation of the freedom of speech IMO. The policeman didn't break the second law because it was not a public statement. Of course there should be other implications since it is not acceptable for public empolyees to show such unprofessionalim, but this should be dealt with by the employer and not the court.
22:28 June 20, 2009 by Kooritze
Svatskalle...thanks for the SWEDISH PARADOX!. I recognise the trait and your explination made me laugh.
22:28 June 20, 2009 by spy
Gustav- Fælbönnran

Are you employed by the Visit Sweden to defend/promote this fine country? Or is it a personal crusade? Or do you just like to banter with the foreigners like me?

Either way thanks for the entertainment and for living up to the charming Swedish stereotype.
01:03 June 21, 2009 by Gustav- Fælbönnran
Promote Sweden? Whatever do you mean?


I suppose I am rather fond of our little country.

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Especially when I am stuck someplace else for the purpose of making money.
04:12 June 21, 2009 by Yendor79
People who insult Cops are wrong, People who insult Minority groups are wrong, any kind of insult is wrong...

I hope we all agree here & we must admit we all have preconceptions yet we all must be professional in our ways, punishments must fit the crimes & we must remember that each case has it's own merit which while not justifying or condoning the same crime we must be careful not to generalise & approach such cases in an objective manner.
07:26 June 21, 2009 by jimmyjames
I keep getting responses ( some rather violent ) asking me what is wrong with minerets and mosques ? The same thing that is wrong with churches and Popes. In Europe and the rest of the Western world we have fought several wars and endured decades of strife attempting to get organized religion out of political affairs. The only Muslim country that has done a fairly decent job of this is Turkey. Islam is dangerous because the concept of jihad and martyrdom is VERY REAL AND VERY INFLUENTIAL in the same way that crusades and converting the godless heathens was in "christian" countries not so very long ago. Any person who is so consumed with a religious ideology they regularly commit suicide to kill infidels and non-believers is DANGEROUS ! If muslims do not like the way things are done in non-muslim countries then return to your country of origin. We are tired of fighting religious extremists christian or muslim.
10:53 June 21, 2009 by Svartskalle
We are tired of fighting religious extremists christian or muslim - from jimmyjames

You personally participated in such battles and fought? If not, why are you tired?

Turkey - the country which you mentioned as "secular", is governed now by an Islamist party.

Islam is not dangerous jimmyjames: misery is dangerous, occupation, invasion, oppression are dangerous. Robbing people on their resources and driving them to misery is dangerous.

If European countries, or US, or Australia will be invaded, people there will be killed systematically and oppressed, Christianity will become an excuse and ideology of terror and massacres.

By the way: you can't mention one single Muslim nation which invaded another country during the last 1000 years.

You don't believe me? Name one.

Christians were and are invading, colonizing, destroying and massacre from the first day of the foundation of that religion. Last two examples are Iraq and Afghanistan.

Guess why there are so many refugees from those areas of the Globe...,

And some of them are called “jävla blattar” by a Swedish cop in Rosengård.

The massacre is going on…

P.S. By the way it is worth to mention that I personally am not a representative of Middle Eastern or an Islamic nation jimmyjames.
11:08 June 21, 2009 by Rubbi
Iraq invaded Kuwait.'

Iraq invaded Iran1980.
11:24 June 21, 2009 by Svartskalle
Iraq attacked Kuwait, "invaded" for couple of days and was send back.

Iran was not invaded either. There was a war between two countries.

And in both cases Islam was not a factor - the oil was.
12:48 June 21, 2009 by Rubbi
Iraq invaded Kuwait fact, or do you want to change what you said about muslim countries invading other countries in the last 1000years to unless it was for a few days then it does not matter.

Regarding the Iraq/Iran war the war began when Iraq invaded Iran on 22 September 1980.

You asked someone to name a muslim country that invaded a country in the last 1000years and I have named 2 live with it.
14:24 June 21, 2009 by Svartskalle
Not really Rubbi,

Iraq hasn't invaded Iran. Attacked yes, but none of these two countries were occupied by the other. Their war continued almost 10 years but the border was and is the still the same. This is a wrong example.

The same is with Kuwait. Iraq haven't kept that country occupied, haven't colonized it, and haven't massacred the people living there. The Iraq – Kuwait matter was and is more complicated. It can be cold invasion as well, because Kuwait was a part of Iraq and was given a mandate of a sovereign country by British Empire. They are the same people living there, speaking the same language. So when we speak about invasion we shall probably tell that British Empire invaded a part of Iraq, implemented a puppet state with only one purpose – to rob Arabs on their natural resources. Iraqis just wanted their property back, when they went to Kuwait.

. It is worth to mention also, that Saddam went to Kuwait because it was promised to him by US and Britain as a bribe for starting a war with Iran and holding them busy with it in 10 years. All that history was one more lesson for all nations about trusting imperial powers and their criminal promises.

Your examples are absolutely out of contest.
14:32 June 21, 2009 by Rubbi
You asked to name a muslim country that invaded another. I gave you 2 examples and still you are denying it. They are perfectly in context. If you want to keep moving the goalposts then thats fine.

Last time just so you can understand it. Iraq occupied kuwait for 7 months which bit do you not understand?
00:17 June 22, 2009 by Coalbanks
Islam is not dangerous? It is an agressive religion with an openly avowed plan to conquer & submit other nations/religions to the rule of Islam. Read the Koran, listen to the imams worldwide. Agreed not all Muslims want to propagate Islam through force but enough do to deserve the label of "Dangerous". Ask the Christians in Nigeria about their benevolent Islamic fellow-Nigerians. Ask the Copts of Egypt, they have been persecuted since the ISLAMIC Arabs arrrived, likewise the Coptic Ethiopians, likewise the Christian Lebanese, Palistinians, also the Hindus & Sikhs in India, Christians in Balkans, Cyprus, etc. Granted the Christians are not entirely blameless/harmless either.
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